Anonymous Frankness at the Washington Post

U.S. officials seem to be making progress in convincing Iraqi politicians to let some troops stay in Iraq beyond the December withdrawal deadline. The Washington Post weighs in today (8/4/11) and gets some anonymous straight talk: “There seems to be broad partnerships and political coalitions emerging that take tough decisions,” said a senior U.S. Embassy official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the issue frankly. Of course, one way of reading that justification for anonymity is that an official speaking on the record would be less than frank. If that’s worth granting a source anonymity, then it […]